With the Presidential Elections just around the corner, there are some key moments and dates voters should keep an eye open for. These include the dates for local and Presidential primary elections. To keep yourself ahead of these dates, read on and mark your calendars.
January – April 2020 Election Dates Summary
This section briefly reports the events that took place during the period of January to April 2020.
On 14th January, the seventh Democratic debate hosted by CNN took place. This event consisted of the top 5 Democratic candidates who qualified for this debate, namely Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Pete Buttigieg.
Fast forward to February 3rd, Bernie Sanders won majority votes among all Democratic candidates. However, he lost by a small margin to Pete Buttigieg in the IOWA caucus. On the 7th and 19th of February, the 8th and 9th Democratic Primary debates were held by Apple News, ABC and WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire, and by NBC News and MSNBC in Las Vegas, Nevada respectively.
Senator Sanders won the New Hampshire primary and Nevada Democratic caucus on 11th and 22nd of February respectively. The 10th Democratic debate was hosted by Twitter, CBS News, and Congressional Black Caucus Institute on the 25th of February and on the 29th of February, Joe Biden won 49% votes in South Carolina. This marked one of the milestones for Biden’s popularity among the African-American voters and also led to ruling out of less popular Democrat candidates such as Tom Steyer.
The month of March consisted of 5 important dates marking 5 major events. On the 3rd of March, 15 of the 50 states of United States of America held their primaries, and the majority of the Democratic candidates dropped out of the Presidential race, ultimately endorsing Joe Biden. Their names include Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Michael Bloomberg.
From 3rd to 10th March, Democrats Abroad Primary was held for Americans living abroad. The results showed more support for Bernie Sander with a total of 60% votes to his credit than for Joe Biden who could only win 22% of the votes. From the 10th of March onwards, all public gatherings were canceled due to the onset of COVID-19 in America.
On 15th March, the 11th Democratic Primary debate was held by CNN and Univision on an audience free platform. On March 17th, many states decided to postpone their primaries to June including Ohio due to the COVID-19 pandemic except for Arizona, Florida, and Illinois which did hold their elections on the same date. Joe Biden clearly gained superiority in these elections.
In April, the first major event took place on the 7th of the month when Joe Biden won Wisconsin’s Democratic Primary, followed by Bernie Sanders’ announcement of suspending his election campaign the next day. On 10th, 17th, and 26th of April, Alaska, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico held their pending Democratic primaries which were moved from April 4th and March 29th to the said date.
May 2020 – August 2020 Election Dates and Important Events
From May onwards, the following events are scheduled to take place:
Many states including Guam, Kansas, Nebraska, West Virginia, Oregon, and Hawaii will hold their Primaries in the month of May, with the first two holdings them on the 2nd of May. The next two till be holding them on the 12th of May and the last two will be holding them on the 19th and 23rd of May respectively.
The Annual convention by the Libertarian Party is set to take place from 22nd to 25th of May in Austin, Texas. The convention will finally decide the major candidate for the Libertarian Party from its 14 finalists. However, the convention’s occurrence is still in question due to the ongoing pandemic.
A lot of states will be holding their already postponed Primaries in June. These include Montana, South Dakota, New Mexico, Washington DC, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Kentucky, and New York. Most of these states will hold Primaries on the 2nd of June, excluding the last four. Among the last four, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will be holding their Primaries on 6th June, and Kentucky and New York will be holding them on 23rd June.
In July, only two states, New Jersey and Louisiana have their Primaries scheduled on the 7th and 11th of the month. Both of these states had their Primaries scheduled for June and April respectively but postponed due to COVID-19 spread.
Three conventions are scheduled for the months of July and August. These include the Green Party convention for choosing their major candidate hosted from 9th to 12th of July in Detroit, Michigan. The Democratic National convention for the nomination of the Democratic candidate will be held by Democratic delegates from 17th to 20th August in Milwaukee. The third and last convention will be held by the Republican Party for nominating their candidate from 24th to 27th August in Charlotte, North Carolina.
September – November 2020 Election Dates: Eyes on the Major Events
The real deal begins in September. From 29th September onwards, the three rounds of Presidential debates will begin. The first one will be held by the University of Notre Dame on the 29th of September and the second one will be hosted by the University of Michigan on 15th October. The third and final one will be hosted by Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Similarly, a debate for Vice Presidents will be held by the University of Utah on the 7th of October. The debate will include nominees from the two major parties, Republicans and the Democrats. On 3rd of November 2020, the general elections will be held and on 14th December the Electoral College members will elect the President of America.
Post Elections Important Dates in 2021
On January 6th, the Senate will record the Electoral College votes and announce the vote tally results. On the 21st of January, the new President will be formally sworn into the office.
If you are an American elections enthusiast and love to keep yourself updated on the election events, then watch out for the calendar dates mentioned above and stay informed.